A Croxley teen is set to jet across the globe to represent Team GB at the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) Championships in Thailand this December.
Seven-time world fighting champion, Ellie Harber, 16, will represent the nation from December 2 to 12 this year, alongside athletes from across the country.
This is an amazing feat for the teen, who like many athletes has seen sporting events cancelled throughout the pandemic.
Speaking to Croxley News about being selected for the team, she said: “It means a lot to me being selected as IFMA is the recognised governing body for Muay Thai. Since I started competing and learnt what the IFMA’s are I have always wanted to go, now I have been selected it feels amazing and I am excited.
“Although I have represented England before this feels much bigger, especially now the IOC has recognised Muay Thai and it potentially could be in the 2024 Olympics.”
This is not Ellie’s only cause for celebration recently as she made her triumphant debut to the ring on October 16, at Dunstable Conference Centre.
Speaking after the fight, Ellie said: “The atmosphere was amazing and it was great to see so many people there, the support I got was unreal.
“The fight itself wasn’t an easy one. All respect to Alana she came out wanting to win. I enjoyed it a lot and it was great to be fighting back on a ‘home’ show effectively.
“It felt great to be getting back in the ring properly and win, especially as in my last fight I unfortunately lost, so this win was really good for me.”
To keep up to date with the latest follow Ellie on Instagram @ellie_harber or search ‘Ellie Harber’ on Facebook.